Waldpiraten Fundraiser

Last week students from EP all the way up to Grade 10 completed their fundraising physical activities during PE lessons.

If you remember, Grade 11’s had produced several excellent videos demonstrating and explaining the activities for each class. Early Primary students did running, Grade 1 to Grade 3 students did jumping jacks, crab walks, line jumps, relays and frog jumps.

Grade 3 and Grade 5 did star jumps, frog jumps and mini rabbit runs. Grade 4 did swimming because they had a Swimming lesson.

Finally Grades 6-10 did basketball shooting and throwing a ball into a box. Some students also threw a hula hoop over a cone instead. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic our students were in all of the grades during their PE lessons. One student in the MYP made 560 baskets in one lesson!

Well done everybody!  Don’t forget to keep fundraising.

text & photos: JK

Konnie’s Weekend

Konnie had a lovely weekend.  He met a new friend on our walk.  The Highland calf was very interested to see what Konnie was doing with a fallen branch.

He is still fascinated with sticks and even tried to take this one home.

After a long walk in autumnal weather there is nothing better than being able to lie in front of a roaring fire.

text & photos: KvG


Waldpiraten Fundraiser 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the annual Waldpiraten Fundraiser cannot concur in the same manner as in previous years. Instead, students can take part in the the Fundraiser by excercising during their physical education classes in PYP and MYP.
A small group of Grade 11  students are organising this event:
All students will be provided with an introduction video explaining what the Waldpiraten Fundraiser is and how it will be different this year.
Following, students will be presented a short video explaining the exercises they will need to complete and how many repetitions correspond to a lap run on the track. The annual Waldpiraten Run was always a fun and interactive way to get the students of H.I.S. excited about supporting a good cause; and despite our current situation, the students hopefully still have a wonderful time! More information will be presented in the next H.I.S. newsletter. Thanks for your support in advance!
Alena, Grade 11

A Good Weed for The Day!

Thank you to Grade 8 students who have helped to remove some of the weeds growing around school.

Within no time the class had filled two large buckets, removing weeds from the steps up to the gym roof, weeds from the playground and also weeds growing through the Multi Sports Court fence.

A great effort and a small Service as Action activity completed.

Weedy Well Done!

Mr Knowles

Birthday Celebrations

H.I.S. in red and white

Red and white were the colours of the day, when H.I.S. students, staff and parents celebrated the 20th birthday of the school yesterday. It was a pleasure to see so much community spirit at a time, when organising events is almost impossible and we all have to think creatively of ways how to spark joy. Many thanks to the H.I.S. community for rising to the challenge and making the 20th anniversary a special day.



Interview with H.I.S. graduate Mikkeline

We all expected that the return to school this week would be different and ask more of us than usual.  The staff and faculty at H.I.S. are working diligently so that we can stay safe and able to learn.  We must all work together and be mindful that the caution and guidelines that we follow as a community are for a greater cause as we continue to deal with our present health crisis. The following post serves to challenge all of us to stay vigilant and strive to stay patient as a community.

Over the past months, the country of Denmark has been recognized globally for the solidarity and commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Danes have an interesting word that has been revived there; samfundssind – a combination of the Danish words for society and mind which challenges all to adopt a mindset of setting aside personal interests for the greater public good.

I thought it would be useful to find out more about this word by corresponding with a recent H.I.S. graduate, Mikkeline, who will be studying at Copenhagen University this fall.


“I have heard that the idea of samfundssind worked well because Denmark’s prime minister re-introduced it as a new norm, and the society, which trusted her, embraced it voluntarily.  As a native of Denmark, what was it like to interact with samfundssind as a new norm?”


“Samfundssind in many ways is not a new concept. The word doesn’t have any real definition except samfund “society” and sind “mind”, and is a word that is almost equal to solidarity in the first instance, but it is what lies underneath which turns out to have worked effectively for Denmark. In Denmark, there is a long tradition of helping those in need (which is particularly evident in the social welfare system, universal healthcare and free education) so Danes are pretty trained in trusting that what they put into the system, will eventually benefit them or the wider community. Therefore, there was practically no need for defining the word “samfundssind” when it was used in the context of a pandemic. We trust that the personal sacrifices we make on a daily basis will help those of us, who are most endangered, and trust the experts that our current sacrifices will help our society tackle the virus further into the future.”


“In what ways have you noticed the idea of samfundssind positively inspiring you, your community and/or your friends during the months of the Covid-19 pandemic?”


“The prime minister’s words echoed around conversations, advertising and social media “Stå sammen, ved at holde afstand” (stand together, by distancing). It was inspiring in the sense that everyone was in this together (in the same way that everyone doing the Diploma Programme is in it together…). I noticed that everyone I knew and the strangers in the street too, were devoted to this one cause, which traversed all political, racial, socio-economic boundaries. It was inspiring to see that as soon as we are motivated enough for a cause, the whole nation can mobilize itself.”


“Would you like to share anything with our school community on what has been helpful for you, as our school continues to follow health restrictions here in Germany and find ways to cope with the new norms?”


“Keep in mind that not everyone might be as lucky as you. There are people who are put much at risk by the pandemic, not just through ill health, but also people who cannot afford to be quarantined at home for two weeks. In a more privileged private school institution, many might not see the big picture, see that your actions are impactful and are part of a whole society’s effort that will either accelerate or decelerate covid-19. We cannot afford to cause a second wave through our ignorance, especially when we already in hindsight have seen the devastating impacts of a virus wreaking havoc in many countries.”


“Mikki, I would like to thank you for taking the time to help us all understand this wonderful Danish wordYour perspective is inspiring to hear and I am hopeful that our community can rally around this sort of collective responsibility and spirit so evident in your home country.  On behalf of H.I.S., I wish you a safe and healthy fall semester in Copenhagen.”


Konnie’s Summer Vacation

Congratulations on passing the Visiting Dog Test

Konnie has had a lovely summer holiday.  He enjoyed seeing the Baltic Sea and travelling around Rügen in our caravan. He passed his Visiting Dog Test during the summer break.  Kate had to answer a lot of questions in front of a panel of experts and Konnie completed the practical aspect.

Although Konnie has passed this test, he is still very young and needs more time to mature before visiting Nursing homes or hospitals.  Passing this test has allowed Konnie to enter into the Therapy Dog Training programme so we are very happy with the result.

He is currently going through puberty and typical teenage behaviour can be seen at home.  He is pushing the boundaries and Kate is trying to be firm, fair and consistent with her reactions.  This is a phase that all dogs go through and we are looking forward to the other side of this in 3 months or so.

Konnie has started to do naughty things that he never did as a young puppy.  Here he is chewing his travel water bowl… naughty boy!

He is, of course, still very sweet and interested in everything.  Here he is checking that everything is alright in the garden below!

text & photos KvG